Hurricane Florence evacuation reverses traffic on some SC highways

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – The massive migration of evacuees heading inland from the South Carolina coast has called for a major shake-up on some state highways. 
 
For the third year in a row, the state has had to utilize lane reversals to get folks out of harm’s way. 
 
The I-26 and I-77 interchange in Columbia is an integral part to the process. 
 
That’s where the changeover happens or where the lane reversals on I-26 end. 
 
Evacuees coming from Charleston and the surrounding areas are either transitioning onto I-77 northbound or are continuing into I-26 westbound heading to the Upstate. 
 
The lane reversals started at 5 a.m. 
 
Then at 8 a.m. state troopers “flushed” the interstate eastbound. 
 
That means they started in Columbia and headed to Charleston to make sure the interstate was clear.
 
Once the all clear was given at 11 a.m., the lane reversals started.
 
Troopers said they’ve already seen three times the normal volumes of traffic on I-26 out of Charleston.
 
“There’s a good chance a lot of this traffic will continue onto 26 west into Newberry and Laurens. People on into the Upstate are going to see a large influx of traffic,” said Lance Corporal David Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
 
Jones said if the weather gets bad enough they may shut down the interstate all together. 
 
Reversals won’t end until the threat of the storm has passed, said Jones. 
 
If you see any emergencies on the interstates, you can dial *47 to report the issue. 

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